How to restore Schengen? – plenary debate 

MEPs, the Council and the Commission will debate on Wednesday how best to restore a fully-functioning Schengen passport-free area, given that core Schengen countries have reimposed border checks or temporarily closed their borders in response to growing flows of migrants and asylum-seekers.

A group of member states recently informed the Commission of their wish to continue applying temporary controls at internal borders for six additional months. The Commission decided on Wednesday 4 May to propose that the Council prolong “proportionate controls” at internal borders in Germany, Austria, Sweden, Denmark and Norway (not an EU member state, but part of the Schengen area) for a maximum of six months (which may be renewed, no more than three times, up to a maximum of two years).

Procedure: Council and Commission statements

Debate: Wednesday, 11 May

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